The Morrison Government is making it easier for Australians to protect themselves from terrorism and find information about what to do in a terrorist attack, unveiling today a significantly enhanced national security website.
Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said Australians couldn’t be complacent about the terrorist threat, and that recent tragic attacks in the United Kingdom and New Zealand demonstrated the need for ongoing vigilance.
“The National Terrorism Threat Level remains at ‘probable’. Australia is a safe country, and while no one should be afraid – we should all continue to be vigilant,” Minister Andrews said.
“The updated National Security website gives Australians the tools and resources they need to report possible signs of terrorism and violent extremism. It provides easy access to information about what you should do to stay safe in the event of an attack.
“The new website also makes it easier for businesses to understand any risks they may face, how to audit their existing security measures, and get advice about how to keep themselves, their assets, people and customers safe.”
Protecting the Australian community from terrorism and violent extremism is a key priority for the Morrison Government. Since 2013-14, the Coalition Government has allocated more than $69 million to programs that counter violent extremism in Australia. These programs address all forms of violent extremism, including religiously and ideologically motivated violent extremism.
Last week, the Morrison Government provided Australian police with important new powers to protect Australians from terrorist offenders who continue to pose a high-risk at the conclusion of their sentence, with the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill passing the Parliament.
The revamped website can be accessed at nationalsecurity.gov.au.